Bucks Lake Webcam

Oct
30
2014
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ROBOTS AT BUCKS??

Next time you see the big red tracked chipper being used by the PG&E contractor, take a good look. Take a really good look, especially if it is moving. There is no driver! It is being operated by the operator of the log handler that is moving in front of it. Goodness. Best place to see it is either in the Meadow, or on Mile High.

And…, waiting for a little snow on Saturday morning. It has been a wet October, and we welcome every drop.

Written by Mike in: Uncategorized |
Sep
10
2014
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LAKE NEWS

PG&E has decided not to bore under Haskins Inlet for a new main power line this fall. Instead that means they will route around the water, most likely going on the new poles they installed a few years ago on the Oro-Quincy Highway, and then across the meadow somewhere to hook up to the current line in the 4H Camp.

Does that mean they will NOT draw the lake down another 12 feet since the project is cancelled? We certainly HOPE so, since water is now liquid gold and should be treated as such.

People are questioning “environment studies,” scheduled for next year. Those are related to the PG&E application for renewal of their FERC license, a process that takes several years. That has all been discussed in the BLHOA newsletter more than once, and information is being shared by the HOA to persons who have left their email addresses so they can be “in the loop.” That process continues…..

The phone line environmental study has now been completed, and a report should be out soon. Informally, no issues were identified, an outcome that was expected. As I reported in my email to project participants, all the involved entities have committed to building the system next summer.

Other than that, quiet at the lake, with nothing much to comment on.

Written by Mike in: Uncategorized |
Aug
13
2014
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HOME DEPOT TO THE RESCUE

We are putting that distasteful Sears episode behind us. Many thanks to the great folks at the Oroville Home Depot. They were great to deal with.
And thanks to Jesse for a great delivery. Wifey is already using her new dryer!

Written by Mike in: Uncategorized |
Jul
29
2014
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OUR SEARS EXPERIENCE

In all the years I have had this site, I have never done a rant. But, I have never had an experience like I had today. I just have to share it.

Our dryer quit, so we called Sears for service. They sold me on a service contract for $199, and I paid in advance. The service call was scheduled for this morning. The Confirmation Email they sent me promised a call the day prior to confirm arrangements. That did not happen. They also promise another call the day of the appointment to further confirm the arrangement. That did not happen. The tech never did show, so mid morning I called their 888 number and got someone with a foreign accent. He could not explain why the tech did not show, and we never received the promised phone calls. All he could do was reschedule. I would not accept that so he transferred me to Customer Service. 10 minutes on hold and I got to that person. She did speak American english. She explained the tech was sick, and could not answer why no one informed us of that. She said she would try to get another tech and left me on hold another 10 minutes and then we were disconnected. I called back and got another foreign operator, who said the previous rep had left a computer note that no tech could be scheduled.

So I asked to have the appointment cancelled and my money refunded. He left me on hold for another 10 minutes, came back and stated he could only reschedule the appointment. He could not deal with my other issues. By this time I was angry and told him to just cancel the whole thing.

I have since tried to also cancel the service agreement, and there is no obvious, easy way to do that on line. Still working on it.

To make matters even worse, I called another company, and after looking up the model and serial numbers of our dryer, they told me the control board is no longer available and recommended we buy a new dryer as our best option. With the same information, why could Sears not tell me that?

Will I use Sears again? No. I leave the reader to make your own decision about using Sears for appliance repair. Possibly our experience will be some guide…….

Written by Mike in: Uncategorized |
May
25
2014
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HOW MUCH WATER?

According to PG&E, last Friday the lake level was 5137.4′ above sea level, and they think it will not get much, if any, higher.

Their plan is to take the lake down in July a total of 3 feet, then stop until fall, except for minor releases to maintain flow in lower Bucks Creek.

So, now, the launching ramps are in the water, the stumps are covered, but be careful, because they are not far below the surface. Many people have docks still far away from the water, and will have to decide what to do. Get them into the water, or bag it for this summer. Tough choices.

PG&E is also looking for a way to encourage people with boats that produce large wakes to stay farther out from shore than usual, with the reduced water pool. Please be considerate, guys.

But, have a great summer, and pray for No Fires……

Written by Mike in: Uncategorized |
May
10
2014
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THE ROADS ARE OPEN

People keep asking if they can drive in now. Well, the news is: THE ROADS ARE OPEN!!!

Written by Mike in: Uncategorized |
Apr
01
2014
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OUT LIKE A LION, AND NO JOKE

Well, after our non winter, this late stuff is sort of a cruel joke by Mother Nature just when we thought summer might be around the corner. Now that they have started plowing, the County is working to keep the paved roads drivable. Expect winter conditions there for a day or two. Our access roads are a different story. There is at least a foot of new snow, and that means waiting a while to drive in, unless you have a tracked ATV.

But we do need the water, and that’s no joke, either…..

Written by Mike in: Uncategorized |
Mar
17
2014
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PLOWING AND ROAD OPENING

The Road Department is going to be clearing the roads in the Bucks Lake basin early this year. Right now, most of the paved roads are dry, with some patches, as much as a couple hundred feet, with snow cover, where there is continuous shade. The pavement will be slick and icy in those areas for several days.

AND, when you venture off the pavement to your cabin, you will likely encounter some significant snow patches, as much as 10 – 12″, in the shade. So 4 wheel drive is essential for about the next 10 to 14 days.

If you have not been watching the lake, the level is shocking. PG&E says it is within 90% of average for this time of the year. That might be true (or not…), but looking at the mountains around the lake, it is not going to come up a whole lot and it needs about 3 feet of vertical to cover the stumps. It might make that, but not much more. I would not bring my boat up until you can be sure you can launch it, and secure it properly where you usually do. Most private docks are at least 50 feet from the water right now.

Written by Mike in: Uncategorized |
Mar
06
2014
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PLOWING….., AND DRIVING

The Road Department has decided for now to plow the road between the summit and the fire station. Emphasizing that is FOR NOW, and any significant snow storm could change that quickly.

AND, they will not plow past the “T”, on either the Big Creek or the Oro-Quincy Road side. With all the recent rain, that will likely become as drivable as it was a week ago, but remember when you go there, those roads are officially CLOSED, and you are on your own. So be careful out there……

Written by Mike in: Uncategorized |
Feb
27
2014
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A LITTLE SNOW?

Well, a lot of rain, and then a little snow. Waiting for more on Friday…..

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